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CFDA discusses race issue in fashion

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Though strides have been made in recent years to address the lack of colour on the runways, race remains a touchy subject within the fashion industry.

In an effort to tackle the issue head on, the Council of Fashion designers of America (CFDA) held a panel discussion in New York recently on the subject led by industry activist Bethann Hardison. With heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Edward Emninful, casting director Anita Britton, Elle’s Samira Nasr and Laird+Partners’ Hans Dorsinville participating in the conversation, the scene was set for a lively exchange, through the resulting candid manner in which the talk played out.

“It has been something that concerns me as I grew up in the industry,” Hardison, a pioneer of diversity in fashion said at the discussion, according to a blog on the CFDA website.

“The fashion industry has struggled a great deal with diversity,” the former model added. “If television can be diversified, so can we.”

Hardison pointed to the late 1980s and early 1990s as a moment in fashion when the ethnic makeup of modeling began to diversify, but that didn’t last long, prompting Naomi Campbell and Talley to approach her with the plea to champion change. The first town hall meeting on the topic was held in 2007.

A takeaway was how different people have different takes on diversity, which can range from models and designers to age and size.

Bitton, a native of England, recalled how, when she started out back home, “It wasn’t a question of race but class. I came to New York very neutral and green. There’s a lot to be said for the word inclusive.”

Enninful said that when he plans a shoot, he looks for a character that fits the concept. “Beauty for me is beauty — whether it’s black or it is Asian, it doesn’t matter for me. I only use whoever is right for the story.”

Dorsinville said there is a “continuum” from runway to advertising—when it’s a mass brand, there is an opportunity to create a campaign feature a diverse group of multiple models, whereas a designer may just be looking for a face – a muse – to represent the brand, limiting options.

Gurung added that “Race is an issue that is not just in fashion. We need to address that immediately. As a designer, I want to work with the best girls, who are the best girls for me. Sometimes, an agent says ‘If you want this black girl, you have to use this white girl,’ whom I may not like.”

“Diversity, not just in race but also age and size, is very important to me,” he added.

Nasr, who is Lebanese and Trinidadian, said the issue of diversity reaches beyond models, and includes the designer community and other professional fashion environments. Addressing the audience, which also included models of diverse backgrounds and modeling agents, she noted, “This is most colorful room I ever seen in the fashion industry, and I want to say if we want to have change, we need to grow this room.”

Louis Vuitton launches cruise collection in Monaco



After Christian Dior’s and Chanel’s dazzling Brooklyn Navy Yard as well as Dubai resortwear fashion showcases, it was the turn of another premium luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton to launch its cruise collection at an equally exotic venue.

According to WWD, the label recently staged an extravagant show, featuring the first-ever resort range designed by its newly appointed creative director Nicolas Ghesqiuère, in front of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, which is home to the Grimaldi family for more than 700 years.

Punched with youthful 1970’s vibes, the suede patches and jazzy pattern adorned collection was based on a mustardy yellow and brown palette with prints inspired from wallpapers, Grand Prix and underwater plants.

The featured pieces were belted pantsuits, stiff black leather lapelled coatdresses, lozenge-shaped motif decorated long-sleeve tops, jagged hemmed skirts, sheer silk knits, beige beaver fur coats, safari suits, high-waisted trousers and pretty spring dresses.

Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton specializes in an array of leather goods, ready-to-wear and fashion accessories. The company sells products through a network of standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores and the e-commerce section of its website.

Before taking over the creative reins of Louis Vuitton from American designer Marc Jacobs in November, 2013, the 43-year-old French designer Ghesqiuère had helmed the Parisian high-fashion house Balenciaga for nearly 15 years.

Marc Jacobs praises his LV successor Nicolas Ghesquière

MARC JACOBSMarc Jacobs, the former artistic director of famed fashion house Louis Vuitton, has praised his successor Nicolas Ghesquière, who took over the creative reins of the French brand in November, 2013.

According to telegraph.co.uk, the American design talent Jacobs expressed his immense faith in the artistic capabilities of the French-born designer at the recently held Tate Modern’s John Edwards Lecture Series in London.

Right after showcasing his Spring/Summer-2014 collection for Louis Vuitton at the Paris Fashion Week’s September, 2013 calendar, the 50-year-old Jacobs left the brand to concentrate on his own eponymous label, for which he would float an IPO for raising capital.

Based on a pre-dominantly dark, nightmarish and almost mourning like theme, his 41-piece ready-to-wear collection included thick floor sweeping Edwardian dresses, feathery cabaret-style jackets, decorative corsets, blue baggy jeans and bodystocking printed with the famous Stephen Sprouse graffiti.

Before joining Louis Vuitton, the 42-year-old Ghesquière has worked as creative director for Parisian label Balenciaga for 15 years Nicolas-ghesquiere2


Marc Jacobs bids adieu to Louis Vuitton with his PFW show


A pre-dominantly dark, nightmarish and almost mourning like theme was recreated at the show of French fashion house Louis Vuitton which bid adieu to its artistic director of 16 years Marc Jacobs through a spectacular runway presentation on the final day of Paris Fashion Week (PFW).

Designed under the creative guidance of the New York-based designer, the label’s 41-piece ready-to-wear collection included thick floor sweeping Edwardian dresses, feathery cabaret-style jackets, decorative corsets, blue baggy jeans and bodystocking printed with the famous Stephen Sprouse graffiti.

Miu Miu, the high-end women’s fashion brand from the famous Italian powerhouse Prada, opted for a very young girlie look for its new Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The fresh, cutesy and somewhat trans-seasonal line was based on a vibrant palette of red, orange, brown, blue and yellow.

Enhanced with sequins and storybook like cat, parrot and fish prints, the ensembles included collared button-down wool coats, ruche velvet dresses, beaded and fringed skirts, draped silk blouses and knit-patterned tights.

Christophe Lemaire, the French designer behind the Parisian label Hermes, took inspiration from the works of French Post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau for his latest catwalk collection staged on the last day of PFW. The line displayed short sleeve button down crisp shirts, landscape-patterned handwoven skirts and suede dresses with palm motif necklines.

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Victoria Beckham wins WGSN’s Best Designer Crown

The former Spice Girl Victoria Posh Beckham has added another feather to her glorious cap by winning the prestigious title of Womenswear Designer of the Year at the esteemed 2012 WGSN Global Fashion Awards in London.

The multi-faceted 36-year-old English singer-cum-fashion designer has beaten the likes of Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders, who were also nominated in the same award category.

Other than Victoria, Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton has won the best menswear designer’s title this year.

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards recognizes and honors the best in fashion and retail designs on a global scale. The award winner is selected through individually casted votes by a panel of industry specialists.

The global trend forecasting agency WGSN helps fashion and accessory brands to come up with innovative ideas for new collections.